Old Ebbitt Grill

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20865 reviews
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Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest dining saloon in Washington, DC. Across from the White House, Old Ebbitt serves American Cuisine, and offers the largest selection of oysters in DC. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, and Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Casual dining with service to locals and visitors alike.
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. I can’t wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience from the time we entered until we left was absolutely perfect. The food was amazing and the waiter was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed.

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n
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This spot was a true gem! Loved the decor and environment of the restaurant, but also truly impressed by the food. We started with the oysters, clams, and shrimp platter and the seafood was so clean and so fresh! Then for dinner we had the trout Parmesan and the cannelloni and both were absolutely delicious! I would highly recommend this for any occasion!

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best veggie burger in town

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AR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Naomi, was attentive and knowledgeable about the history of the restaurant. Excellent!

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KM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server and food were great

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the environment was great, highly recommend it

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W
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our diner at the old Ebbitt grill on Friday 2/15. Swordfish was delicious. Service was wonderful. The old world feel to the restaurant went well with the history of Washington DC.

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MW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great lunch celebrating my sister’s special birthday! Had mentioned it in my reservation about my sisters birthday and they sang to her while giving her a great dessert sundae. Nice, thank you. My favorite restaurant in DC!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old Ebbitt Grill is a must for anyone visiting DC, right near the White House and steeped in tradition. It is also a restaurant that actually delivers great food, friendly waitstaff, and great ambiance. For the oyster lovers, try the Harpswell Flats. They were the most unusual and delicious oysters that I’ve tried in a while. The shells look more like a scallop shell. They are very large, briny, with a sweet finish. Delicious!

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BF
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time there, though I did have expectations - that were met - since it is part of the Clyde's group. I took my cousin and her husband for breakfast. We were all pleased with the food, the prices, the choices, the whole shebang. I definitely will be going there again for breakfast.

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n
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great business breakfast. Jay, the waiter, was stellar. Need to try huevos rancheros. They’re deconstructured and layered like a breakfast lasagna. Chorizo at base, beans and salsa in between layers of corn tortilla, with eggs on top. Great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I went for Valentines Day and it was a great experience! Great service, great food, and the drinks were delicious. We spent less than 100.00 on both of us so we really enjoyed that part. We will be returning soon!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, awesome customer service, and romantic environment for Valentine’s Day

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JR
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in almost every way imaginable. Service best Ive ever had. Ambiance wonderful, historic and with good music at the perfect volume.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, friendly and well mannered staff, and a great place for a romantic dinner

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BC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always great food and great service. No wait with reservations.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful Valentine’s Day date. Great drinks and the scallops were amazing!!

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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines Day dinner. You expect extremely busy but service by was excellent

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m
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I was and am furious. I made the reservation for Valentines Day three weeks before. I made it for 4:30 so we could make a concert at the Kennedy Center at 7. I used to be a three-times-a week customer of the Old Ebbitt Grill when I worked at Metropolitan Square. Since then, I am not a regular, but go there for lunch with friends and special occasions with my wife. We also dine when we can at the Clydes in Columbia and Friendship Heights and 1789. We arrived for our reservation at the Old Ebbitt and were given the first table for two next to the reservation desk. I asked the waitress if there was anything else, saying that we were usually given a booth and that there were booths open as well as tables for 2 further back. She said they were all reserved. I struggled to control my anger and not spoil my wife's Valentines Day. I sat in the chair by the aisle so my wife could sit in, was continually jostled by people coming in and waiters rushing by, and shivered when people held the handicapped door open. When we left, two of the booths and some of the tables were still empty. I've experience this sort of elitism before at the Old Ebbitt. A year after leaving Metropolitan Square, I made a reservation there and, no longer a regular, was seated in the Metropolitan Square Atrium and were the only diners there. As far as the eating and drinking on Valentines Day was concerned, my drink was watery and the menu had nothing special for Valentines Day. I just had the pasta special, which I picked at, and my wife had the steak salad, which she said was fine. All I can ask the Old Ebbitt is, why should I go to the trouble to make a reservation and spend our special occasions with you when you treat non-regulars so badly? And, in answer to your presumed question, I didn't complain at the time because I didn't want to upset my wife.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot to take someone who is visiting in town as the menu has a great variety of foods from american to italian to seafood options :)

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BP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and atmosphere. Great location and a real DC institution.

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Amarillo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are amazing. It’s really loud, and the wine selection isn’t the best.

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LD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Would recommend to anyone! Everyone was great. Their is a lot of history in this place.

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Denver
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a meal with colleagues. Enjoyed the food, great service, energetic ambiance.

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SK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Convenient location but limited choice for vegetarians and what I ordered was not well prepared

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good restaurant.

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WK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in DC for a quick weekend getaway. We stopped in at Old Ebbit Grill three times. Whether oysters and drinks at the bar, or dinner in the dining room, the service was great, the staff friendly, and the conversation plentiful. We will stop in the next time we are in DC.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing atmosphere. Could not ask for a more DC place to eat!

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G
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This place is more name, tradition and history than what it really represents.

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been a favorite of mine for many years. The food is great, the atmosphere is inviting, and always fun. I have attended many outings here with friends from Congress and have never been disappointed with the quality of food and service. It’s a great way to spend an evening.

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DD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service and food was good. Tables are very closely packed together unless you get a both and a great deal of noise from the bar.
Good for a more upscale casual dining experience or lunch not a romantic dinner.

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London
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes were out of this world as was the hanger steak 😋

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Amazing food. Great service. A perfect place to get dinner in the heart of DC.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. Lovely service. Enjoyed it very much!!

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RM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. A little noisy and crowded.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Mike was super attentive and on top of all his tables. The food was amazing

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife’s Trout Almandine was excellent. My clam chowder was very good, but the meatloaf was just okay (a little dry). Service was outstanding.

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food/Service is always great but be prepared for the tourists and regulars who flock to this DC go to hotspot. Great for late night fare too!

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The entire experience was fabulous! A group of 4 friends had dinner after a play at Ford’s Theatre. Everyone ordered different selections and the wine, appetizers, dinner and dessert were delicious. Great fun and we were able to catch up and socialize. Will be back again for certain! S.H.

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